Education:

  • B.S. Biology (2005) Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
  • Doctor of Dental Science, (2009) Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry (2011) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Special Professional Interests

Dr. Ridgeway enjoys being able to guide young patients and their parents to a positive dental experience by providing excellent pediatric dental specialty care in a caring and empathetic environment. His goal is to help children develop optimistic, motivated and healthy attitudes towards their oral care and health and make visiting the dentist a great experience! Dr. Ridgeway had a wonderful, gentle dentist growing up, and he wants nothing more than to provide that same kind of care and memories for all of his patients.

Professional Activities

  • College of Diplomates, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • College of Diplomats of Pediatric Dentistry

Verified Patient Reviews

4.8 out of 5 (155 Reviews) (66 Comments)

Overall patient ratings are based on the average score given by The Dental Specialists patients who voluntarily complete a satisfaction survey from Press Ganey, a nationally recognized firm dedicated to improving patient experience. Click to learn more about our patient ratings.

5 out of 5
January 23, 2024
This was a visit with not only the patient being surveyed about, but also a younger sibling and they did great coordinating both of their care in an efficient and child-friendly manner.
5 out of 5
January 18, 2024
We really appreciate the assistant and Dr. Adam's demeanor in treating our son and his sister.
5 out of 5
January 4, 2024
We switched to your office from a regular non-pediatric dentist a little over a year ago and I am so grateful we found you all. It is so great to walk into a kid friendly space. Also, everyone is so kind and non-shaming. THANK YOU for making the dentist office a positive experience for my kids. I recommend you all whenever I can.
5 out of 5
December 13, 2023
Thank you Dr. Adam We have been following all recommendations and it has been rewarding to feel proud of our dental care (at home and at the clinic). We sure have come long ways from where we started!
5 out of 5
October 27, 2023
Very much appreciate the time the dentist gave us, especially taking our call on a Sunday night earlier this month.
5 out of 5
October 5, 2023
Adam is always friendly and thorough in explaining necessary procedures.
5 out of 5
October 5, 2023
Will continue to use this location.
5 out of 5
August 1, 2023
Dr. Adam was great, would recommend.
5 out of 5
June 7, 2023
So grateful to have switched to a pediatric dentist- thank you for being so kind to my kids and making the dentist easy and fun.
5 out of 5
May 22, 2023
Kian is on a good track, thanks to Dr. Adam!
5 out of 5
May 5, 2023
My daughter and I were both nervous about a first filling and the Dental hygienist and the Dentist were beyond great with explaining everything to my daughter so that she was comfortable. What I thought would be an awful experience was very pleasant. I was amazed at the team.
5 out of 5
March 29, 2023
We will continue to use this location. Thank you
5 out of 5
March 29, 2023
Adam is energetic and helpful.
5 out of 5
March 20, 2023
As always, Dr. Adam is amazing and gentle. He built a trusting relationship with our daughter. First person in ceil blue she likes!
5 out of 5
February 17, 2023
My kid LOVED the dentist, and he did an incredible job of making my dentist-averse kid feel safe and calm.
2.4 out of 5
December 11, 2022
One kid showed 6 cavities and at the end of the appointment, there was no time (like, at least 10 min) to have a discussion about the options. I hope and trust (because we have a hospital appointment Intervention scheduled) that he suggested the best option. But, parent had no time to ask questions, understand the alternatives, etc. Quickly It was determined that In 1 hour, Dentist could address all 6 cavities Instead of multiple visits. But, this also Includes general anesthesia and I was wondering, where the cavities were and, was there anything good about my kid's teeth, etc. We got no time to talk much about (2 y/o) teeth and the rest of her teeth. In the future, I will only bring 1 kid (someone said 30 min was enough for each kid but, each kid needed more time) to allow time for discussion.
5 out of 5
December 8, 2022
Everyone made my daughter feel welcome and comfortable. She said she loves the dentist
5 out of 5
December 5, 2022
Dr. Ridgeway is always excellent
5 out of 5
November 3, 2022
Amazing dentist
5 out of 5
October 14, 2022
Dr. Adam is always great as usually, that's why we continue to come back. Professional, considers our concerns, great at explaining what's happening with my son's teeth and great at explaining the treatment plan.
3.8 out of 5
September 29, 2022
The dentist gave me information that was helpful
5 out of 5
September 20, 2022
Very good experience, thank you.
5 out of 5
September 5, 2022
Dr. Adam is the best! He gives insight on his approach and explains in a way kids and adults understand. He is always patient and professional and for all of these reasons we continue to come to this office vs a more local dentist after our move.
5 out of 5
July 15, 2022
Love this place. The staff is great with kids, and my son looks forward to going to the dentist because he gets to watch TV during the cleaning!
5 out of 5
July 14, 2022
Dr. Ridgeway is great and we always appreciate the time and attention he takes with our children.
5 out of 5
June 10, 2022
Took the time to explain
5 out of 5
May 27, 2022
Dr. Ridgeway was so patient with my son and communicated well with me. He also patiently answered questions that I had - I did not feel like he was in a rush during our visit.
5 out of 5
March 31, 2022
Dr. Adam is amazing and my son loves him! Best switch we ever made!
5 out of 5
March 31, 2022
Overall it's a wonderful place!
4.8 out of 5
March 22, 2022
Dr. Adam Ridgeway has been an excellent dentist for our child! She had lot of issues since she was 2 years old and he has taken good care of her teeth. We completely trust him with our child's oral health.
5 out of 5
March 22, 2022
Love the Staff. The process is smooth and fast. They make the dentist visit fun and easy for the kids. Everybody is kind and caring.
5 out of 5
March 18, 2022
Dr. Ridgeway is an exceptional doctor. He is observant, an engaged listener, knowledgeable, and accessible. I would recommend him to anyone.
5 out of 5
February 21, 2022
Great experience. Information that was sent out for sons up coming procedure very clear and in depth. Worked hard to get my son fitted into their booked schedule.
5 out of 5
February 21, 2022
He was great! Definitely would recommend!
3.4 out of 5
February 15, 2022
We're happy to have a facility like yours to help our daughter who has an extreme fear of needles and therefore cannot get her fillings done by our regular dentist. You've helped us through several dental issues and we're grateful. Our daughter is always comfortable there despite her fear. I just wish we could have gotten the filling done the same day as the consult so we didn't have to miss two different days of work/school to take care of something our dentist had already confirmed needed to happen.
5 out of 5
January 5, 2022
Dr Adam is great!
5 out of 5
January 5, 2022
Dr Adam is great!
5 out of 5
December 23, 2021
Just incredible! Cannot say enough about Adam's kindness and patience with my daughter
5 out of 5
November 26, 2021
Dr Ridgeway was excellent
5 out of 5
November 3, 2021
Dr. Adam and his team are the best. They are so kind and my kids enjoy going to the dentist. I have continued going to this office even after we have moved further away because of the great experience. Keep up the amazing work!
5 out of 5
October 18, 2021
Dr Ridgeway is awesome. He is very calm, and explained everything so well to me and also my child. Kept my child relaxed. Just great!
5 out of 5
July 28, 2021
We have come to this practice for many years and I always recommend it to other families. I just hope the future cleaning visits for my daughter go better as I don't want her to develop anxiety about dental visits.
5 out of 5
June 4, 2021
My son had a million questions and everyone patiently answered him and helped him feel safe. thank you!
3.7 out of 5
May 18, 2021
The doctor spent a lot of time with us going over treatment for my kid, but I wish he had balanced that with equal amount discussion on prevention.
5 out of 5
March 22, 2021
Dr. Ridgeway is great. He's very caring and just a great guy who communicates well. We're lucky to have him.
5 out of 5
March 15, 2021
Great customer service!
5 out of 5
March 7, 2021
LOVE how Dr. Ridgeway and the whole staff treats our daughters-they actually look forward to going to the dentist! Thank you!!
5 out of 5
February 17, 2021
Always a great experience for my daughter!
5 out of 5
January 21, 2021
Dr Ridgeway is great'
5 out of 5
December 9, 2020
dr ridgeway and his team are awesome!
5 out of 5
November 30, 2020
Dr. Ridgeway and the staff bring out the best in our daughter to allow for a full hygiene visit. They are very caring and know how to talk with her at her level as a young elementary student. It gives my daughter a sense of ease and lessens her fears when they look & work inside her mouth.
5 out of 5
November 18, 2020
Our kids love Dr. Adam
5 out of 5
November 4, 2020
The dental assistant & Dr. Adam were so kind to my daughter. She was very nervous about seeing the dentist, and they both took the time to explain things to her in ways she understands, accommodated her so kindly to help ease her anxiety, and we're so patient with her. It was a great experience! She even said that she wants to come back in May and see Dr. Adam again! Thank you!
5 out of 5
September 23, 2020
I appreciated all the time Dr Ridgeway spent explaining everything to me. I felt very confident in his recommendations and know what to expect and why.
5 out of 5
September 21, 2020
Dr. Ridgeway has great patient communication. He is able to verbalize the plan of care with his patients.
5 out of 5
August 26, 2020
Very knowledgeable
5 out of 5
August 26, 2020
Great and knowledgeable dentist!
5 out of 5
July 29, 2020
Very good experience.
5 out of 5
October 23, 2019
Dr Adam and assistant are great. They explained things to my child and me in a manner that she understood. Assistant did a great job showing my child the instruments and the nitrous balloon.
5 out of 5
October 23, 2019
Dr Adam and assistant are always amazing. They explained the treatment to my child and myself. Assistant showed my child the instruments and the nitrous mask and used words a 3.5 year old would understand.
5 out of 5
October 10, 2019
Dr. Adam was awesome!
5 out of 5
August 15, 2019
Dr Adam is great- he always has a lot of patience with my child and puts him at ease, while also working efficiently to get things done.
5 out of 5
August 12, 2019
Dr. Adam Ridgeway is awesome, our family really likes him.
4.3 out of 5
July 19, 2019
good
4 out of 5
July 18, 2019
the dentist, Dr. Adam Ridgeway was great.
5 out of 5
March 28, 2019
Dr. Adam treated two teeth that were crowned by a dentist at a different practice. Our experience at that past practice was very upsetting, and I believe my daughter was given crowns that were both unnecessary and improperly put on. The two crowns were both problematic, and I'm very grateful that Dr. Adam fixed the problems my daughter was having. I also appreciated Dr. Adam allowing me to stay in the room during the treatment, which also was not the case in the other dentist office. His manner was also very calm and my daughter was not nervous and did not have any pain.
5 out of 5
January 25, 2019
Dr. Ridgeway is fabulous. He is great with my 2, 8, and 10 year old kids.
5 out of 5
January 18, 2019
Dr Ridgeway has done a great job both times we have seen him in being engaging with my child. He works quickly and doesn't spend a lot of time explaining things beforehand, which for my child would cause anxiety. Instead he gets right to work and distracts my child with pleasant chat and is done before my child even realizes he started!
3.7 out of 5
January 10, 2019
I know Dr. Adam is very busy with other appointments but my child is terrified at the dentist and it would be nice if he could spend a little more time trying to put him at ease. I expected that pediatric specialists would have more ideas to help kids handle and enjoy the appointment.
4.3 out of 5
January 4, 2019
long wait between the hygienist finishing and seeing the dentist